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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

The Book Review: "Bases Loaded," "The Baseball Hall of Fame" and more . .

Kirk Radomski was employed in the clubhouse of the New York Mets for a decade.  Now in his first book "Bases Loaded" (co-authored by David Fisher (Hudson Street  Press, $25.95, 246 pages) the chief figure inn the Mitchell Reports takes the  reader behind the scenes for some little told stories of the steroid scandal in baseball. It is an eye raising book, a story whose end is not yet in sight, a  book as timely as today's headlines. Controversy and conflict dogged Radmoski  who became the main clubhouse supplier of performance enhancing drugs to nearly  300 major leaguers.

"The Baseball Hall of Fame" by Bert Randolph Sugar" (Running Press, $35.00, 272 pages, more than 500 photos) is the mother of all books on the shrine in Cooperstown, New York. Page after page of items from the Hall's collection intermingle with the text of Sugar, an old hand at the sports book game he has written more than 50 books. Recommended

From Clerisy press in Cincinnati comes a quartette of baseball books aimed at all kinds of readers and for all types of tastes. "365 Oddball Days in Boston Red Sox History" by John Snyder ($12.95, 372 pages, paper) is an almanac style  tome that picks up a lot of eccentric nuances of Sox history through the years.  "Rollie's Follies" by Rollie Fingers ($14.95, 228 pages, paper) is a collection  of stats, lists and lore all very illuminating and entertaining. "Cincinnati's  Crosley Field" by Greg Rhodes and John Eradi ($25.00, 216 pages, paper) is a  perfect book for fans of the Reds and others into baseball history showcasing as  it does the old ballpark in words and picture. And finally "Dodgers Journal" by  John Snyder ($29.95, 800 pages, paper) is a fountainhead of all kinds of  information about the franchise since its inception in 1884.

For the golfers for getting or giving there is Homer Kelley's "Golfing Machine" by Scott Gummer (Gotham Books/Penguin, $26.00, 267 pages) an illuminating look at nuances of the game and the genius whose theories revolutionized it.

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About the Author:

Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to acclaim in 2011.  The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath, The Sporting News, among other publications.

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Harvey Frommer along with his wife, Myrna Katz  Frommer are the authors of five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth  College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

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